Friday Farm Day 5  

EnigmaInitiative 53F  
3109 posts
1/14/2022 6:46 am
Friday Farm Day 5

Good Morning!

First up, the disclaimers:

I don't live on a farm, I like the alliteration of the title.

I grow from seed without the use of pesticides or fertilizers beyond compost with the exception of the Banana, orange tree, and all the berries.

This is my first year growing anything successfully, though I have tried in the past.

I'm in growing zone 9B in Central Florida

First up, I wanted to show you all our Chinese Cabbage, Hilton Greens that are finally starting to head up. It's a Napa type cabbage with mild leaves that is rarely found in the US.



Here you'll see that our passion fruit is climbing up the palm with the use of left over Virginia Creeper from summer. I placed the grate there to get it started, but I'm hoping to take it off once it takes hold of that palm tree.



Next is our banana. Now, I don't know what kind of banana this is because we inherited it from my partner's mother. We shall see when it flowers and the bananas form whether or not they're edible. That white pipe is us using gray water (water from the washing machine) to keep it well watered all year long.



And, finally, I wanted to show you how big our papayas are getting using my hand as scale. Just to let you know, I ate a papaya, threw the seeds on the ground, and covered it in soil. Then, murdered all the extra ones that came up, allowing this one to survive. I'll be interested to see how it tastes as I bought the papaya from the Latin market down the street, and often things you grow from the seeds of produce you buy at the store doesn't come out tasting the same as what you bought because they're hybrids.



I have been putting more stuff in the ground, but they've yet to pop up. I'll show you as the seedlings grow.

Happy Friday Farm Day All!

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EnigmaInitiative 53F  
6054 posts
1/14/2022 6:46 am

Good Morning!

First up, the disclaimers:

I don't live on a farm, I like the alliteration of the title.

I grow from seed without the use of pesticides or fertilizers beyond compost with the exception of the Banana, orange tree, and all the berries.

This is my first year growing anything successfully, though I have tried in the past.

I'm in growing zone 9B in Central Florida

First up, I wanted to show you all our Chinese Cabbage, Hilton Greens that are finally starting to head up. It's a Napa type cabbage with mild leaves that is rarely found in the US.

Here you'll see that our passion fruit is climbing up the palm with the use of left over Virginia Creeper from summer. I placed the grate there to get it started, but I'm hoping to take it off once it takes hold of that palm tree.

Next is our banana. Now, I don't know what kind of banana this is because we inherited it from my partner's mother. We shall see when it flowers and the bananas form whether or not they're edible. That white pipe is us using gray water (water from the washing machine) to keep it well watered all year long.

And, finally, I wanted to show you how big our papayas are getting using my hand as scale. Just to let you know, I ate a papaya, threw the seeds on the ground, and covered it in soil. Then, murdered all the extra ones that came up, allowing this one to survive. I'll be interested to see how it tastes as I bought the papaya from the Latin market down the street, and often things you grow from the seeds of produce you buy at the store doesn't come out tasting the same as what you bought because they're hybrids.

I have been putting more stuff in the ground, but they've yet to pop up. I'll show you as the seedlings grow.

Happy Friday Farm Day All!

This week's HNW: Pink/Hearts (Or Chocolate) is available on the other side.


author51 59F  
130009 posts
1/14/2022 7:50 am

Your plants and produce are really coming along my friend. I envy you living in a climate that can grow things all year long. I love papayas and bananas but the freshest I have boughten them is at Farmer's Markets here.. xoxo


EnigmaInitiative replies on 1/14/2022 8:08 am:
I love being able to grow all year long, but I'll be honest the horribly hot summers are a challenge.

Happy Friday

Alannah_cd 64T  
195 posts
1/14/2022 8:03 am

hope you don't have any problems with the current weather cool down!
xoxoxoxooxxoxo


EnigmaInitiative replies on 1/14/2022 10:09 am:
So far, so good. Most of what I'm growing is fine as long as we don't hit that freeze point.

EnigmaInitiative replies on 1/15/2022 9:53 am:
Alannah, I don't have the points to answer your Ims, sorry.

spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41166 posts
1/14/2022 8:10 am

You certainly have greenfingers.


EnigmaInitiative replies on 1/14/2022 10:10 am:
It's all learned knowledge.

chrissy20073 63T
315 posts
1/14/2022 8:35 am

your plants look great


EnigmaInitiative replies on 1/14/2022 10:10 am:
Thanks Chrissy

crosstraining 69T  
8367 posts
1/14/2022 9:37 am

looks like you got the hang of gardening great , XOXO


EnigmaInitiative replies on 1/14/2022 10:22 am:
Thanks crosstraining, I've learned just about everything from youtube.

redrockrascal 63M  
23579 posts
1/14/2022 10:13 am

Looks good. BTW my banana like your melons

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.


EnigmaInitiative replies on 1/14/2022 10:23 am:
Hey, how did you know I planted melons?

citizen4722 64M  
74582 posts
1/14/2022 1:14 pm

That's great. You've certainly got green fingers


redrockrascal 63M  
23579 posts
1/14/2022 1:51 pm

EnigmaInitiative replies on 1/14/2022 12:23 pm:
Hey, how did you know I planted melons?

Your melons look best above ground

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.


EnigmaInitiative replies on 1/14/2022 3:30 pm:


Thanks

mc_justmc 62M  
6929 posts
1/14/2022 4:29 pm

I had thrown some seeds from a spaghetti squash in a large pot and it grew fast and large, and then the dogs decided to dig it up for whatever reason. I love spaghetti squash.


EnigmaInitiative replies on 1/14/2022 7:23 pm:
Whoooo boy, you have a wild one on your hands.

CuriousHer 53F
26 posts
1/14/2022 9:47 pm

Your papayas and cabbage look great! Here in California we can't put gray water onto the surface, but we can use it below the soil surface. Not sure what all the rules are, though.

I wanted to post or send pix of the passionfruit, limes, etc. from my yard, but I'm not a gold member and can't seem to post a pic anywhere but to my own album.

Still have a few straggling passionfruits on the vine. The ume trees are starting to bloom, well before I've had a chance to prune them. This weekend I want to get out in the garden and prune like crazy, then do some dormant spraying (copper, dormant oil) to head off peach leaf curl and those dang moth larvae that get into the peaches and apples.

I think at least a third of the young papaya plants (mostly named varieties) are very unhappy and heading for a miserable end as compost fodder in the aftermath of several days of frost between Christmas and last week. Same with much of the young, yellow-fruited dragonfruit plant I recently got, as it has rotting frost damage in a few places.

On the upside, the citrus are fine and a handful of last year's in-ground tomato plants survived. The bees are starting to find more food, which is good, as I like having them around, especially when the stone fruits burst into ecstatic bloom in spring. Nothing like an orgy of bloom and outdoor life to make me, and the bees, very happy!


pacnwlover42 53M  
9808 posts
1/14/2022 10:29 pm

Awesome! It’s so fun to see what you grow.

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PonyGirl1965 56F  
22090 posts
1/15/2022 1:19 am

You murdered baby papaya plants?!? Oh my stars.
Maybe just relocate them next time?


EnigmaInitiative replies on 1/15/2022 10:12 am:
I know, I feel like such a horrible human. I just don't have enough space for a bunch of papaya plants.

staci_19702 51T  
3767 posts
1/15/2022 3:40 am

Wow. This is so cool getting to watch it all come up!

Have a great day! 💋
Staci


EnigmaInitiative replies on 1/15/2022 10:04 am:
I'm glad you're enjoying these as much as I do posting them and growing.

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45821 posts
1/15/2022 8:44 am

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EnigmaInitiative replies on 1/15/2022 10:04 am:
Thank you

CleavageFan4U 65M  
69374 posts
1/15/2022 8:55 am

I don't recall, are you a Cracker (native Floridian) or not?

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EnigmaInitiative replies on 1/15/2022 10:13 am:
I'm originally from Michigan, but have lived all over the US.

EnigmaInitiative 53F  
6054 posts
1/15/2022 10:02 am

    Quoting CuriousHer:
    Your papayas and cabbage look great! Here in California we can't put gray water onto the surface, but we can use it below the soil surface. Not sure what all the rules are, though.

    I wanted to post or send pix of the passionfruit, limes, etc. from my yard, but I'm not a gold member and can't seem to post a pic anywhere but to my own album.

    Still have a few straggling passionfruits on the vine. The ume trees are starting to bloom, well before I've had a chance to prune them. This weekend I want to get out in the garden and prune like crazy, then do some dormant spraying (copper, dormant oil) to head off peach leaf curl and those dang moth larvae that get into the peaches and apples.

    I think at least a third of the young papaya plants (mostly named varieties) are very unhappy and heading for a miserable end as compost fodder in the aftermath of several days of frost between Christmas and last week. Same with much of the young, yellow-fruited dragonfruit plant I recently got, as it has rotting frost damage in a few places.

    On the upside, the citrus are fine and a handful of last year's in-ground tomato plants survived. The bees are starting to find more food, which is good, as I like having them around, especially when the stone fruits burst into ecstatic bloom in spring. Nothing like an orgy of bloom and outdoor life to make me, and the bees, very happy!
Thanks!

Yeah, Florida is less strict about gray water, but they are soooooooper strict about fertilizer because of the red tide.

If you go to the other side (at the top of the blog landing page there's a message talking about the new community coming soon, click on "check it out". You can post pics on that side without needing gold.

The passion fruit has started taking off much more now that it's not so hot. It was pretty sickly looking during the summer months. But, I have hope I'll get fruit this year.

Here's hoping you're able to head off the leaf curl and moths. I don't think we have enough room to put in any more fruit trees.

Damn on your papaya, we've been lucky so far that it hasn't gotten below forty at night.

I've thought of putting in dragon fruit, but I don't think I have a place to trellis it.

Right, gotta love the growth as spring grows near.

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EnigmaInitiative 53F  
6054 posts
1/15/2022 10:03 am

    Quoting pacnwlover42:
    Awesome! It’s so fun to see what you grow.
Thanks, I just put in a bunch of corn, I'm hoping for a bumper crop in the Spring.

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Alannah_cd 64T  
195 posts
1/17/2022 9:16 am

gotchya on the IM points...i'll say hi here and there and if you don't respond then i know no points yet xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo


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